The Americans who serve our country and communities quietly sacrifice so much from their personal lives to help build a better world. In return, many companies and organizations show their appreciation by helping members of the military save money when traveling.
Whether you’re relocating on orders (again!) or taking your family on a well-deserved getaway, investigate the best military travel deals available today. Look for and ask about these military discounts on lodging, airfare, rental cars and more.
Top travel deals
Start planning your trip with a search through Expedia’s limited-time military travel deals. These deals are available only to current and retired U.S. military personnel. To be eligible, you’ll need to validate your military credentials with Expedia and then sign in to Expedia+ or join the Expedia+ membership program (free).
Another great way to find dozens of military travel discounts is to sign up for a Veterans Advantage card. Veterans Advantage benefits include your immediate family members and also offer non-travel discounts from brands like CVS, Dell, Ford and Wendy’s.
Hotels discounts and special packages for military personnel and their families are everywhere. Ask your military friends for recommendations, and ask the hotel before you make your reservation.
Choice Hotels offers special rates to active duty and retired military personnel and federal employees, usually about 10 percent. You’ll find military discounts at Starwood Hotels, Intercontinential, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Extended Stay America, Staybridge, La Quinta, Hilton (including Hampton Inn), Best Western, Motel 6, and Red Roof. Hyatt Hotels and Resorts also offers special rates to government and military personnel.
Consider staying on base when traveling off peak season for your destination. Active duty military personnel get first dibs on Space-Available (Space-A) lodging. Begin researching the possibilities at Department of Defense Lodging.
Like hotels, many airlines offer discounts or perks like free checked bags or priority security checks, but you almost always must call to request the discount. You’ll find military benefits at Allegiant Air, American Airlines, CheapOair, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United and Virgin Atlantic.
Space-A military benefits apply to air travel as well as hotels. Space-A flights are available only to active and retired military personnel with an ID card. You’ll need an extremely flexible schedule to take advantage of these flights, since flights and availability change at a moment’s notice, but the result is travel that costs next to nothing.
Discounts on the road
Ground travel is eligible for discounts too, whether you’re going by Amtrak train, Greyhound bus or rental car. Benefits include price discounts or free insurance waivers. Be prepared to show your military ID card. Bonus tip: Trucks from rental agencies to be used for moving are eligible for discounts, too.
Amusement park discounts
National parks passes
Active-duty military personnel and their dependents can get free annual passes to National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands system. Be prepared to show military ID when you sign up. Passes provide free admission to national parks as well as discounts on camping at most national parks.
Restaurant discounts and deals
Going out to eat? Dig in to restaurant discounts for active duty and retired servicemembers — they’re everywhere. The best way to find out what’s available is to ask or call ahead.
Every deal is better with PenFed
When it comes to paying for travel-related expenses, the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card is a natural fit. Earn 5x points on airfare purchases and 1x point on all other purchases.
You’ll travel even farther on more cash — cash back, that is — from the PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature® Card. Earn 1.5% unlimited cash back on every purchase with the Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature card. If you’re military or have a PenFed Access America Checking account you get to boost your return to 2% cash back as an Honors Advantage Program member. It’s a smart combo that gives you cash back on everything, everywhere.
BONUS – both of the aforementioned credit cards come with an additional perk – no foreign transaction fees! We’re proud to offer all of these perks to our members and we’re proud to support the men and women of the military and their families.